A puppy mill is a large-scale commercial dog breeding operation that places profit over the well-being of its dogs—who are often severely neglected—and acts without regard to responsible breeding practices.
More about Puppy Mills
Despite the intense suffering of these dogs, puppy mills are operating all over the U.S. Help us stand up for victims of puppy mill cruelty.
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Facts about Puppy Mills
Puppy Mill FAQ
Answers to your questions about what constitutes a puppy mill, what it's like inside a mill and more.
Laws That Protect Dogs in Puppy Mills
Find out what legislation protects these dogs and how the ASPCA is working to toughen laws related to mills.
Why You Shouldn't Buy a Dog Online
Responsible breeders will never sell their puppies on the Internet. Learn how mills bamboozle potential pet parents online.
The ASPCA's Work to End Puppy Mills
Raids and Investigations
From Mississippi to Maine, we've helped authorities bust puppy mills and rescue their victims.
No Pet Store Puppies Campaign
This ASPCA campaign is raising awareness that most pet store puppies come from puppy mills and getting real results.
The End of Puppy Mill Ads on Facebook
The ASPCA fought to ensure that puppy mills could no longer advertise on Facebook. Our work paid off.
What You Can Do
Take the Pledge
Pledge that you'll never shop in a store that sells puppies—even if you're just buying food or toys.
Join the Advocacy Brigade
You'll receive alerts that make it easy to fight for laws that protect dogs in puppy mills.
Share Your Story
Did you adopt a puppy mill dog? Read real stories of puppy mill dogs and share your own.
Adopt a Puppy Mill Survivor
Puppy mill survivors often need patient, loving adopters who can help them learn to trust people.